Our own lives have been immeasurably enriched and transformed by walking. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the same benefits we do, for both their mental and physical health.
We're committed to maintaining Walkhighlands as a source of reliable information so as to make walking in Scotland more accessible to everyone. To enable access for all, Walkhighlands is completely free to use, and is funded primarily by users making donations. We also provide low-cost advertising for the accommodation providers and local tourism businesses that are so vital to Scotland's rural economy.
We do all we can to encourage responsible behaviour towards local communities, to the natural environment, and to maintain personal safety. We believe that as more people learn about how best to enjoy the outdoors and nature, the more pressure and funding there will be for its protection and restoration.
Walkhighlands will never be sold on; when the time comes for us to retire from running the site, we will donate it free of charge to a suitable walkers' organisation to continue the work.Helen and Paul Webster, co-founders
Walkhighlands is the busiest walkers' website in the UK and by far the busiest outdoors website in Scotland, with 600,000 unique visitors checking in each month. We are constantly updating our content and currently feature over 2,100 walking routes including everything from detailed routes up every Munro to short woodland and even urban walks, for communities all across Scotland. Every route has a detailed map. We also feature podcasts giving the correct pronunciaton and place-name meanings (especially for Gaelic names), gradient profiles, route downloads for GPS devices and much, much more. Our users record their own outdoors experiences through their personal 'walks diaries' and can share their walking stories, photos and videos on the routes and hill descriptions throughout the site. For those attempting a long term objective such as climbing the Munros or visiting the islands we provide interactive personal 'bagging' maps to record your progress. All the features on Walkhighlands are free of charge for personal use.
Helen co-founded Walkhighlands in 2006. The idea originated during her 4,000 mile continuous walk across Europe with Paul in 2003/4. Helen deals with all classified advertising, marketing and media enquiries, as well as being the author of hundreds of Walkhighlands routes.
Paul is the co-founder of Walkhighlands and co-author with Helen of more than twenty guidebooks. In 2018 he won the title 'Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year'. Past roles include being a member of the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Forum, a director of Mountaineering Scotland and a maintenance officer in the Mountain Bothy Association. Paul deals with all technical aspects of Walkhighlands as well as being the routes editor.